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New patent describes a quad-notch handset

Quad-notch handset front layout (Source: US Patent Application Publication via LetsGoDigital)
Quad-notch handset (Source: US Patent Application Publication via LetsGoDigital)
The move of the notch from the top middle area to the corners of the display might not be a bad idea, as revealed by a new patent. In addition to a quad-notch handset, this patent also describes a smart wearable with a similar design, as well as the software approach needed to show the content correctly on such a display.

The handsets with a notched display might not be always ugly, but — and this is simply my personal opinion — two or even four notches will always look better if placed in the corners of the display instead of the middle of a side. Thankfully, this approach has just been spotted in a patent, so it might find its way to the market sooner than expected.

The aforementioned patent is entitled "Front-facing camera and maximized display screen of a mobile device" and has been published on October 25, 2018 in the US. The patent has been filed with the USPTO by German engineer Lothar Pantel back in June, on behalf of Inodyn NewMedia GmbH. This document describes the following designs:

  • a quad notch device
  • a dual notch handset with left/right positioning of the notches and a bezel at the bottom
  • a smart wearable with top-right and bottom-left notches
  • the algorithm to use when displaying content on a quad-notch display

In addition to the above, the patent also includes a foldable quad display device and looks like a very well done document overall. Sadly, the road from patent to reality might not lead anywhere, but this might turn out to be the future.

I am not sure about a single or dual notch handset the way they are in this moment, but I would definitely go with a quad notch smartphone or tablet as described by Lothar Pantel. What would you do? Feel free to tell us in the comments below.


LetsGoDigital (PDF US Patent Application)

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-10-29 (Update: 2018-10-29)